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Reward offered for Fort Lauderdale block-party shooter

Mon, 26 Jun 2017 13:10:00 PDT

Broward County Crime Stoppers is offering a reward for information leading to the arrest of a shooter who killed one and wounded four others at a Fort Lauderdale block party early Saturday.

The shooting happened when someone began firing into the crowd about 1:15 a.m. at a party in the 2300 block...


Hit-and-run crashes on the rise in Florida

Tue, 27 Jun 2017 01:45:00 PDT

The South Florida tally of hit-and-run crashes increased by two on Sunday, adding to a statewide number that has steadily risen over the last five years.

A woman was hit and killed while crossing Congress Avenue in Boynton Beach early Sunday. And about 10 hours later a man died in Davie when he...


Shooting in West Park; followed by bail out in Hollywood

Tue, 27 Jun 2017 04:55:00 PDT

After gun shots rang out in West Park early Tuesday one man was found wounded while those believed responsible took off with a deputy in pursuit, the Broward Sheriff’s Office said.

The shooting happened about 1:40 a.m. in the 2800 block of Southwest 55 Avenue, according to agency spokeswoman Keyla...


Unruly Burger Fi customer fights with deputy

Mon, 26 Jun 2017 19:40:00 PDT

A Broward sheriff’s deputy was assaulted by an unruly customer at a Deerfield Beach burger joint Monday night.

The assault happened about 8 p.m. at a Burger Fi located at 2009 NE 2nd St.

A search is underway for the person who was pepper sprayed before running away from the scene, said Keyla Concepcion,...


Gov. Scott seeks to stop challenge to veto of citrus canker money

Mon, 26 Jun 2017 11:20:00 PDT

Attorneys for Gov. Rick Scott argued Monday the Florida Supreme Court should reject a lawsuit challenging the governor's veto of $37.4 million that would compensate homeowners for healthy citrus trees cut down by the state.

Responding to the lawsuit filed last week in the Supreme Court, Scott's...


Stiles planning downtown Fort Lauderdale redevelopment

Mon, 26 Jun 2017 13:00:00 PDT

The Stiles real estate firm is moving forward with plans to redevelop a stretch of downtown Fort Lauderdale with residential units, retail and a 25-story office tower.

Stiles is scheduled to meet with the city’s Development Review Committee on Tuesday to discuss 348 apartments and 25,222 square...


Flyover connecting Turnpike and I-75 to close all week

Mon, 26 Jun 2017 15:25:00 PDT

Some motorists will have to take the long way around if they are traveling between Miami-Dade and Broward counties this week.

The northbound flyover ramp connecting the Homestead Extension of Florida’s Turnpike to northbound Interstate 75 is scheduled to be closed from 10 p.m. Tuesday to about...


Pompano may open extra sheriff’s station to boost ties with community

Mon, 26 Jun 2017 13:05:00 PDT

When deputies shot Gregory Frazier last year, his death became a rallying point for change in Pompano Beach.

The city in response formed a committee to improve community policing and began looking into a revamp of a Broward Sheriff’s Office substation building at 1820 Martin Luther King Blvd.


Some in Congress act like ‘petulant obstructionist children,’ possible South Florida candidate says

Mon, 26 Jun 2017 07:35:00 PDT

Javier Manjarres, the publisher of a South Florida-based conservative political website, is considering a run for Congress.

He said Monday he’s exploring a candidacy — and promptly criticized “pouting” lawmakers “who have been comporting themselves like petulant obstructionist children.”



Dead diver, 60, had just retired to Florida

Mon, 26 Jun 2017 15:45:00 PDT

When Antonio Almeida settled in South Florida a few months ago, his plan for an active retirement included spending time at the beach and frequent off-shore scuba diving trips.

After years of working construction jobs in Massachusetts, “he just wanted to be in a warmer place,” said Juarez Madeira,...


Trial scheduled for Boynton Beach cops accused of falsifying records in 2014 beating

Mon, 26 Jun 2017 08:30:00 PDT

A judge has tentatively scheduled the trial of four current and former Boynton Beach police officers accused of falsifying reports to justify a 2014 beating.

U.S. District Judge Robin Rosenberg preliminarily scheduled the trial to begin one week from today in federal court in Fort Pierce, though...


Man killed in Davie hit-run crash, witnesses say

Mon, 26 Jun 2017 08:10:00 PDT

A man crossing State Road 7 near Griffin Road in Davie was struck by a car and died Sunday night ,and witnesses said the car fled the scene.

Police identified the man as Alfonso Velasquez Ordonez, 50, whose address was not known.

Investigators are seeking a red sedan that may have been involved...


Man arrested in purse-snatching where woman was dragged by car

Sun, 25 Jun 2017 16:55:00 PDT


A man police say tried to rob a woman while she pumping gas and then dragged her next to a moving car when she tried to fight back was arrested Saturday.

Robert Kenneth Flagg, 19, of Miami, was charged in the June 2 incident in Southwest Ranches. Flagg and another man who was the driver attempted...


Everglades flooding risk could send more water pollution to Lake Okeechobee

Mon, 26 Jun 2017 16:35:00 PDT

Emergency pumping to ease Everglades flooding could end up worsening pollution in Lake Okeechobee.

At the start of the summer rainy season, western Broward and Miami-Dade counties are already filling up with too much water too fast.

That has triggered extra pumping to save swamped wildlife and...


Police name man, 22, shot dead at Fort Lauderdale block party

Sun, 25 Jun 2017 05:25:00 PDT

Police have identified the man shot and killed at a Fort Lauderdale block party as 22-year-old Jerrod Bel Air.

Four others were injured in the gunfire that erupted around 1:15 a.m. Saturday at the party in the 2300 block of Northwest 16th Court, Det. Tracy Figone said.

Police said the five victims...


Festival brings taste of the Caribbean to Pembroke Pines

Sat, 24 Jun 2017 16:20:00 PDT

A Caribbean festival brought a taste of the islands to Pembroke Pines on Saturday.

The event — part of Caribbean American Heritage month — at the Pembroke Pines City Center had music, free food samples and several vendors, as well as family activities.

It attracted people looking to learn or celebrate...


Divers clean up reef beneath Lauderdale-by-the-Sea's pier

Sat, 24 Jun 2017 13:50:00 PDT

Ninety-seven divers plunged beneath the waves in Lauderdale-by-the-Sea on Saturday in search of trash on the ocean floor.

As part of the Anglin’s Pier Underwater Clean-Up, the divers plucked up mounds of tangled monofilament, hooks, sinkers and knives from the coral reef at the south side of the...


Candlelight vigil honors Pines baseball standout killed on Father's Day

Sat, 24 Jun 2017 18:25:00 PDT

Zach Finch carved out a name for himself in the classroom and on the baseball diamond at Flanagan High School, and realized his dream to play in college.

But on Father’s Day, the 21-year-old senior at The College of the Cumberlands in Charlotte, S.C., was shot dead after he visited an apartment...


Mosquitoes in crosshairs as South Florida steps up Zika fight

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 17:50:00 PDT

Soon after this month’s record rains fell, phone calls flooded South Florida mosquito-control programs seeking relief.

The thousands of daily calls were a sign that residents haven’t forgotten last year’s Zika scare.

The region’s wet season kicked off this month, and officials say they are doing...


Drug treatment centers lure troubled patients to South Florida

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 17:40:00 PDT

Drug users around the country are streaming to South Florida, lured by promises of recovery in a paradise of sunshine and palm trees.

Many private treatment centers here are aggressively marketing in parts of the Northeast and Midwest ravaged by the opioid epidemic, law enforcement officials say.


Man critical after being found facedown in pool in Miramar

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 16:55:00 PDT

A man was rushed to a hospital in critical condition after he was found facedown in a clubhouse pool in Miramar on Friday evening, authorities said.

“He had water in his lungs,” said Lt. Jose Gregorisch, spokesman for Miramar Fire Rescue.

The call came in at 5:03 p.m. from Solano at Miramar Apartments,...


Smokey cockpit forces flight to Lauderdale to make emergency landing

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 17:25:00 PDT

Smoke in the cockpit forced an emergency landing for a plane headed to Fort Lauderdale from New York on Friday morning, officials said.

JetBlue flight 913 landed at 10:30 a.m. in Charleston, S.C.

It initially took off from White Plains, N.Y., bound for Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport.


Gunshot victim taken from Oakland Park gas station to hospital

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 15:45:00 PDT

A man with a gunshot wound arrived at a Valero gas station on Oakland Park Boulevard late Friday afternoon.

But authorities aren’t sure where he was when he was shot.

About 4:14 p.m. someone at the gas station called 911 and the injured male was taken to the hospital with injuries that were not...


Homeless families to get free hotel stays for up to 21 days in new program

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 13:55:00 PDT

A new taxpayer-funded program will give the homeless free hotel stays for up to 21 days, beginning next month.

One-thousand rooms will be set aside over a three-month period at two Extended Stay America locations in Fort Lauderdale and Tamarac.

They’ll be reserved for homeless families with children,...


Cost to fix Stranahan High pool rises from $250,000 to $1.5 million

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 09:10:00 PDT

Renovating the Stranahan High swimming pool is expected to cost about $1.5 million — almost six times more than crews projected when they first set out to make repairs.

Staff said the project’s scope had to be expanded to include repairing or replacing the deteriorating pool pump house. They said...